Chapman Cultural Center offers an array of casual and cultural activities for people of all ages to enjoy the visual and performing arts, history, and science. Open every Sunday, 1-5 p.m., the Center’s Sundays Unplugged program features free admission to art galleries and the history museum, an ArtMarket in the Plaza, and free singer-songwriter concerts, 2-4 p.m. Vocalist/guitarist Travis Smith will be the featured musical guest this Sunday, May 10.
Smith has performed his soulful sound to audiences throughout the southeast, performing in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Having been a featured act at Fall for Greenville, Spring Fling in Spartanburg, and benefit concerts for community outreach centers in the Upstate, Smith is rapidly becoming a forerunner in the local music scene. His signature style is acoustic soul on guitar, heavily influenced by motown hits of the ’60s. Not only a solo performer, Smith also plays with his band: The Travis Smith Project. Together, they have released two albums entitled “Childhood” (2009) and “Thinking of You” (2012). Their sound is often an eclectic mix of R&B, country, and gospel. Smith will perform in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting.
Indoors on Chapman Cultural Center’s stage will be The Spartanburg Little Theatre’s newest production The Music Man, beginning at 3 p.m. This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, with quirky characters, charming situations, and a one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have become popular standards. When fast-talking character Harold Hill arrives in River City, it seems that his plans to con the townspeople out of their money may only be thwarted by Marian the Librarian. This funny, warm, romantic, and touching show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $25 per adult, $24 per senior, and $17 per student.
A weekly ArtMarket is also a staple of Sundays Unplugged during warm months, 1-5 p.m. Regional artisans set up in Zimmerli Plaza to sell their locally handcrafted works directly to the public. On any given Sunday, patrons may be able to purchase original photography, pottery, paintings, metalwork, edibles, jewelry, woodwork, candles, and more. All proceeds go to the artist.
Patrons may also enjoy free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries, 1-5 p.m. Spartanburg Science Center will also be open for a small fee.
For more information on any Sundays Unplugged activity, please call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.